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Progress Towards Better Healthcare for American Indians and Alaska Natives

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As I prepare to leave HHS, I’m reflecting on the tremendous gains we’ve made for the healthcare of American Indians and Alaska Natives. I joined the Indian Health Service (IHS) knowing that there was much work to do and there were no quick fixes available. Tribes wanted the federal government to uphold the responsibility for…

FDA Reaches Out to Minorities During Hepatitis Awareness Month

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Did you know that millions of Americans (mostly baby boomers) are living with chronic Hepatitis and up to 2/3 may not even know they are infected? Annually, in May, the public health community commemorates “Hepatitis Awareness Month” to bring attention to this disease, its symptoms, testing, and treatment options. This year, we are working with…

Meeting Report Now Available: Hepatitis C among African Americans

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African Americans are among the populations prioritized by the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (Action Plan) which outlines steps to educate communities about the benefits of viral hepatitis prevention, care, and treatment as well as actions to enhance healthcare provider knowledge about populations disproportionately impacted. A two-day forum convened…

Baby Boomers: Get Tested for Hepatitis C

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While May’s observance of Hepatitis Awareness Month is coming to a close this week, there is an ongoing need to encourage both individuals and healthcare providers to follow the recommendations of both the CDC and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force  that individuals born between 1945 and 1965 – the so-called “baby boomer” generation –…

Increasing Hepatitis B Awareness and Testing Among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

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An estimated 1 in 12 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV); however, two-thirds are not aware of their infection. As we near the end of May’s observance of both Hepatitis Awareness Month and Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, I want to underscore the importance of addressing hepatitis B infection…

Centers for Disease Control: Asian and Pacific Islander HIV Awareness

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May 19 is National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. It is a day to break the silence about HIV and AIDS in Asian and Pacific Islander communities and encourage individuals to get tested for HIV. Asians and Pacific Islanders comprise a small percentage of all HIV infections in the United States. Asians accounted…

Register Today for Webinar on Hepatitis C and African American Women

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In recognition of both National Women’s Health Week and Hepatitis Awareness Month, the HHS Offices on Women’s Health, Minority Health, and HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy are co-sponsoring a webinar, Hepatitis C and African American Women, on Thursday, May 7, 2015 – 1:30-2:45 PM (ET). Because of disproportionate rates of hepatitis C virus infection, African Americans…

National Minority Health Month: Training the Public Health Work Force

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For National Minority Health Month, I want to raise an issue that is vital to improve the health and health equity of our Nation: that is, the development of a public health workforce that reflects the diversity of the U.S. population. In relation to HIV, it is critical that we ensure a workforce that has the…